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Paradise or Hell? Make a choice

The Awesome Power of Resurrection

“Now if Christ be preached that He rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead. But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen? And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain and your faith is also vain? Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that slept.” 1 Cor. 15:12-20.

Adam, the first man and the forefather of the entire human race was created in the image of God and for the eternal glory of God. The original plan of God has always been to give man eternal life because the Bible tells us that both the Tree of everlasting life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil were in the garden of Eden. Gen 2:9, but there is always a test of obedience to pass. Obedience is the most critical key to please God and to receive His most wonderful blessing. Unfortunately, Adam failed the simple test of obedience, took the forbidden fruit and forfeited the right to the fruit of everlasting life. The penalty as usual with disobedience to God was fatal – physical death, a separation of soul from the body, and spiritual death – separation of man from God, but not final death, which is eternal hell fire.

Obeying God in matters that seem very small can prove to be a step to God’s greatest blessing. Today the same test is placed before you and me. Deut. 30: 10-17.

From Adam until the crucifixion of Christ, both the righteous and the unrighteous died and ended up in the same place – the second heaven, also known as grave, hell, prison, pit or darkness. Gen 3:19, 1Sam 28:19, Psm 16:10, Eccle 9:2-6, John 5:28-29, 1Pet 3:19, 1 Pet 4:6. But thanks to the King of Resurrection – our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who at the ninth hour of the cross cried with a loud voice and gave up the ghost paying the supreme price of sin to finally atone the consuming wrath of God Almighty on all flesh. At this ninth hour, he descended into hell. First, to destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. Heb. 2:14-15; Secondly, to give light to those in darkness and in the shadow (hell) of death – Luke 1:79, Thirdly, to make a separation between dead of the righteous and the unrighteous, John 5: 28-29, Psm 16:10, Matt 27:52, Eph 4:9, 1Pet 3:19. “The veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.” Matt 27:51 – Opening for the first time the door of the third heaven – Paradise, to the souls of the righteous ones. Having now released the righteous ones from their captivity in hell, He led them triumphantly into Paradise. Psam 24: 6-10

By the resurrection of our Lord and Redeemer Jesus Christ, the greatest and mysterious victory for believers was established – the re-definition of the portal of life. An eternally significant process now takes place at your death. Your fate is determined. A separation is made. If you are a true believer who had lived his life in the righteousness of Christ, you are passed through the ‘gate of life’ into third heaven – Paradise. Luke 23:43 “And Jesus said unto the right hand robber on Calvary “Verily I say unto thee, today shall thou be with me in Paradise.” Paul, the great apostle of old also acknowledged seeing Stephen sitting in Paradise 2 Cor 12:3- David also pleaded passionately in Psalm 16:10-11 “For thou will not leave my soul in hell; neither will thou suffer your Holy One (Jesus) to see corruption”. Evidently, through the quickening spirit of Christ in believers, the grave has no holding on them any longer. The earthly flesh, like cloth, is simply released into the mother earth while the spirit is lifted into Paradise.2 Peter 1:14, John 6:63

You have no portion again in the second and final death but to sit with other saints in judging the condemned angels and sinners – 1 Cor 6:3.

However, if you have given your life to unrighteousness, all forms of debauchery and ungodliness, at your death, you will be led through the ‘gate of life’ into utter darkness, which is second heaven or hell – a place of severe torment, anguish and everlasting lamentation to await the day of judgment. Sentence to second death, everlasting separation from God, and sentence to eternal hell that burns with fire and brimstone. Rev. 14:9-11

Luke 16:22-24 “And it came to pass, that the beggar died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom (in 3rd heaven – Paradise), the rich man also died, and was buried” (Sent down into hell, 2nd heaven). “And being in hell, he lift up his eyes, being in torment and seeing Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his boson…” Holy Koran 35: 33-38, Holy Koran 14:48, Holy Koran 23:100-105. The death of a believer opens unto him the gate of glory, peace, joy and eternal life of glory while at death the unbeliever goes into the grave of hell.

But are you a believer? Don’t be deceived, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, though free is certainly not cheap and not for everybody except those who do the will of God. Don’t let anybody mislead or deceive you – for “neither fornicators, no idolater, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, not murderers, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists shall inherit the kingdom or God.” 1 Cor 6:9-10. “He that is still committing sin is of the devil” 1 John 3:8. he that hath my commandments and keepeth them is he that loveth me, says the Lord Jesus Christ. John 14:21.

I appeal to you today to listen to the gospel, put on a new man Jesus Christ, and do away with works of darkness. Believe in God Almighty; believe in His son, Jesus Christ. Find time to serve and worship God and keep the ten commandments of God and you will be saved by the Grace of Lord Jesus. Hearken today and be saved. Tomorrow may be too late. It is no longer possible to repent and have redemption when it has become impossible to sin.

ASE Joseph O Olorunnisola CCC Voice of Grace, NJ, USA

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